Samsung readies Exynos Infinity processor for mobile devices

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At the Mobile World Congress 2014 next week Samsung Electronics plans to reveal its all-new system-on-chip for smartphones and tablets called Exynos Infinity. The new application processor will likely power Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5 – which will also be launched at the MWC 2014.

Samsung confirmed the launch of Exynos Infinity processor at the upcoming trade-show using one of its official Twitter accounts, but did not release any details about the chip other than that it will feature “market-leading innovations”. Initially, Samsung illustrated its Twitter post with a fighting bull in a bid to underline extraordinary performance of the SoC, but removed the picture due to blood sport and animal rights concerns.

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Based on unofficial information, Exynos Infinity will be Samsung’s first chip compatible with 64-bit ARMv8 instruction-set and thus, most likely, featuring four ARM Cortex-A57 and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores in ARM Big.Little heterogeneous multi-core configuration.

It is highly likely that the Exynos Infinity will also integrate ARM Mali T760 graphics engine with up to 16 shader cores compliant with OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0/1.1 and Direct3D 11.1 graphics APIs as well as OpenCL 1.1 and RenderScript compute APIs. Usage of the latest Mali-T760 is likely, but not guaranteed. Samsung has traditionally been very conservative about graphics engines and might stick to lower-performance Mali-T678 with up to eight shader cores.

Expect the new flagship chip from Samsung to support multi-channel LPDDR3 memory controller, 4K video encoding/decoding, advanced camera capabilities and so on.

Samsung did not comment on the news-story.

KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that not all Galaxy S5 smartphones are expected to be powered by Exynos Infinity, actual software for the device will be developed with the least-powerful chip in mind. As a result, very few applications will actually take advantage of “infinite” capabilities and performance of the SoC.

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  • fteo_viking

    If it were the Arm A-57 64bit chip, then wow!. Big.Little on 64bit is compelling for Android and especially for Linux laptops. Now with MediaTek releasing an octa-core SoC, Samsung cannot be lagging since it is such a huge hardware company that is known for chip innovation. And the battle for hardware leadership on phone with Apple continues to a new level…

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